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Bolting Up Ceremony for 1880 Boston Road Senior Apartments

02.27.2017


"Breaking ground" at 1880 Boston Road Senior Apartments.

On February 10th, 2017, the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, Foxy Management, and Alembic Community Development held a ‘bolting up’ celebration for 1880 Boston Road Senior Apartments – a project that will create  supportive and affordable housing on top of the building currently in existence  (hence the ‘bolting up’ instead of the traditional ‘groundbreaking’). This project is the first of Governor Cuomo’s Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) awards to begin construction in New York City. Of the 168 total units, 51 units will be set aside for homeless and frail seniors.

The celebration was both star-studded and beautifully turned out, with giant black and white drawings of the future residence adorning the walls as well as a huge cake decorated with earth movers, accompanied by gold shovels with which to slice it!

NYS Senator Ruben Diaz opened the program, praising the project for filling an acute need. NYS Assembly Member Luis Sepulveda specifically commended the partners for creating housing that was “truly affordable.”

Council Member Rafael Salamanca presented Jeff Fox of Foxy Management a large check for Reso A money in support of the project. Recently appointed HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer was also on hand noting that, “this project helps complete part of the Mayor’s plan to build and preserve affordable and senior housing.”

Daniel Reingold of Hebrew Home at Riverdale spoke of how his agency created the first shelter for victims of elder abuse in the nation. He commented on the severity of the problem and said, “We are proud to be able to offer services to 51 formerly homeless seniors who may have suffered at the hands of another person. We are so happy to partner with Alembic and Foxy Management on this great project.”

1880 Boston Road Senior Apartments is a collaboration between NYCHA, NYS HDC, NYC HPD, NYC Council Member Rafael Salamanca and TD bank. Services will be funded by the Department of Health through an ESSHI award.  NYCHA contributed 168 Project Based Section 8 Vouchers, targeting seniors earning no more than $19,000 per year. HDC contributed $37.8 million in bond financing along with $9.2 million in subsidy. HPD’s SARA program was included in the financing as well. TD Bank provided a $38 million dollar credit enhancement. Council member Salamanca gave $728,000 in Reso A money to the project. Raymond James was the tax credit syndicator, architects were SLCE. The GC was Lendlease.

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A Glorious Residence Breaks Ground on East 172nd Street

02.23.2017


Breaking ground at 111 East 172nd Street.

On February 22, 2017, Community Access held a glorious groundbreaking ceremony for their new 126-unit building at 111 East 172nd Street. Upon completion, the building will include 57 affordable two-bedroom apartments, 8 affordable studio apartments and 60 studio apartments for tenants referred by the New York State Office of Mental Health.  Community Access’ long-time Director of Real Estate Maggi Knox attended the festivities with a heavy heart – this will be her last groundbreaking before retirement. 

Boasting a wide range of health-focused amenities, the residence will provide on-site social services by Community Access staff with OMH funding. Free Wi-Fi, two large community rooms, a collaborative kitchen for integrative cooking and nutrition, 24-hour front-desk security and a large backyard with Community Access’ first urban farm will offer residents many ways to cultivate a strong community, centered on holistic health and recovery. The backyard will host a hoop house and raised planting beds, as well as a playground and outdoor exercise area for children and adults.

Community Access’ CEO Steve Coe welcomed the crowd, thanking Deputy Chief  Executive Director Cal Hedigan, Director of Housing Mark Jennings, and the project’s architect Peter Woll, who also designed Community Access’ first building in 1984. Mr. Woll noted the positive health impact of the residence evident throughout…from  Community Access’ pet adoption program, to the presence of a bicycle-powered smoothie-machine, pumping out healthy delicious smoothies for guests!

Board Member Diane Louard-Michel stated that East 172nd Street is “taking supportive housing to a whole new level, bringing low-income New Yorkers home, hope and futures.”

Newly-appointed  NYS Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas spent her second day on the job at the groundbreaking, citing the supportive housing model as “an investment that grows and strengthens communities.”

Molly Park, Deputy Commissioner for Development at NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development, warmly congratulated the entire team, remarking that the unique residence is “both housing and a farm.”

Brett Hebner of the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance praised the dedication of Community Access -  from concept to closing  -  in all of their projects, as well as the high level of investment from  the City and State—an investment “unmatched anywhere in the country.”

Kristin Miller, Director of the NYC Metro Region Office of CSH, reminded the crowd of the importance of site acquisition, which is the first step in a supportive housing financing deal. She applauded the MRT units as “housing as healthcare.”

Director of Citi Community Capital Bill Yates thanked all development partners for their amazing teamwork, particularly Mr. Coe and Ms. Knox.

The program closed with remarks from Community Access tenant Roshelle Rosa. Surviving a car accident sixty years ago, Rosa lost her ability to work, lived through domestic violence and eventually ended up on the streets. She thanked Community Access for lifting her up and providing her with a space to thrive. She has greatly benefited from their Pet Access Program, and now spends her days with the love of her life, a four-year-old Shih Tzu named Elvira.

The $52 million project is funded by New York State Homes and Community Renewal, the New York State Office of Mental Health and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development. Major funding was also provided by a grant from Citi Community Capital, and tax credit financing syndicated by Richman Housing Resources, LLC, with Citi Community Capital as the sole investor. The New York State Energy Research & Development Authority also provided funding for the project. The general contractor is Mega Contracting Group.

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Webster Green Groundbreaking

08.16.2016


George McDonald, President of The Doe Fund, and dignitaries at the Webster Green groundbreaking.

On July 19th, The Doe Fund held a groundbreaking for Webster Green: a new 82-unit permanent supportive and affordable housing residence in the Norwood neighborhood of the Bronx. The project is a partnership between the Doe Fund and private developer Robert Sanborn Development. Currently a hole in the ground, Webster Green will provide 41 studio apartments for individuals with health-related issues and 41 affordable units for low-income individuals from the community. Magnusson Architecture and Planning is designing the LEED-certified, eight story residence which will include an outdoor common area, community room and laundry facilities as well as space for on-site services. The residence has been designed by Magnusson Architecture, and the general contractor is Galaxy Construction.

The crowd was greeted by Doe Fund’s President George McDonald, and included congratulatory addresses by HCR Commissioner James Rubin, Doe Fund Board Chair Craig Lucas and Citi Community Capital’s John Heppolette. OTDA Commissioner Sam Roberts spoke, praising the governor for believing in supportive housing as the most effective answer to chronic homelessness. Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson celebrated the collaboration between the public and private sector while emphasizing, “People with disabilities have the right to decent, quality housing, and cannot return to their community unless there are open arms.” The Corporation for Supportive Housing’s Jennifer Trepinski spoke to the need for more permanent supportive housing in New York, applauding all stakeholders involved.

The project is funded by New York State Homes and Community Renewal,  New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, New York State Health Department, Corporation for Supportive Housing, New York State Energy Research and Development, Citi Community Capital and other government agencies. The syndicator is Raymond James Tax Equity Group.

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Morris Avenue Apartments Breaks Ground in University Heights

06.24.2016


Breaking ground at Morris Avenue Apartments.

On May 17, Bronx Pro and Services for the UnderServed (SUS)  broke ground on an innovative new project -- Morris Avenue Apartments, a mixed use affordable apartment building in the University Heights neighborhood of the Bronx. The eleven story, 94 unit residence will provide homes to 14 moderate income families, 48 low income individuals and families as well as 31 apartments for a mix of formerly homeless individuals and young adults exiting residential treatment. There will be community rooms with computers, multiple outdoor recreation areas, and access for tenants to a 15-space parking lot. On-site supportive services will be provided by SUS.

Bronx community leaders, city officials, and University Heights residents came together for the event, which featured words from SUS’s Donna Colonna, Bronx Pro’s Peter Magistro, NYS HCR’s Charni Sochet, NYS OMH’s Caren Abate, NYS DOH’s Emily Engel, NYC HPD’s Susan Kensky, Red Stone Equity’s Richard Roberts, and City Council Member Fernando Cabrera. The audience also included NYS Assembly Member Victor Pichardo, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Bronx Community Board 5 Chair Bola Omotosho.

“This project is one of the first housing developments that incorporates supportive, low- and moderate-income housing,” said Ms. Colonna. “In many ways we believe this integration makes for the best and healthiest communities.  SUS is pleased to be at the forefront of this new mixed housing model that is so closely aligned with our own values and mission.”

The project is financed by BNY Mellon and JP Morgan Chase and is expected to be completed by December 2017. Capital funding for the project came from NYS OMH, NYS HCR, NYS DOH, NYC HPD, and a loan from Homes for Working Families Loan (HWF). HUD provided  Section 8 rental vouchers. CSH provided acquisition and predevelopment funding. OMH will pay for onsite services. Chase will act as the bond letter of credit provider and Red Stone Equity Partners LLC as tax credit investor. The syndicator is Red Stone Equity Partners LLC who sold the tax credits to the project investor, BNY Mellon.  The construction lender and provider of the letter of credit is JP Morgan Chase. The architect is Robert Santoriello and the contractor is Notias Construction.

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Alan Epstein Apartments Dedication and Ribbon Cutting

02.23.2016


Cutting the ribbon at Alan Epstein Apartments.

On January 27th, the affordable and supportive housing community gathered in Spring Creek, Brooklyn for the ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony of the Alan Epstein Apartments (formerly known as Gateway Elton Street Phase II), a development complex featuring three multi-use buildings and beautifully landscaped outdoor spaces.  Alan Epstein Apartments is the second of three phases of affordable, mixed use, and energy efficient developments by the Hudson Companies, Related Retail LP and CAMBA. This complex will consist of 175 affordable apartments, 30 of which will be supportive,  as well as 24,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and community facilities. All units will be affordable to households earning between 40% and 60% of AMI.

The complex’s name honors the memory of Alan Epstein, a cherished member of the supportive housing community, who passed away in 2013. Alan was a lawyer who fought tirelessly on behalf of his clients as a partner at Hirschen Singer & Epstein, LLP, and invented new ways of developing supportive housing, including approaches that have since become the norm.

Gathered for the celebrations were representatives from HUD, HPD, HDC, OMH, the Brooklyn Borough President, Enterprise, Wells Fargo Bank and Hirschen Singer & Epstein. The Hudson Companies’ Aaron Koffman acted as emcee and co-developer Joanne Oplustil of CAMBA was also on hand.

Councilwoman Inez Barron called the Apartments, “a model for the City going forward to address the rise of homelessness.”

Holly Leicht, Regional Administrator for HUD, spoke glowingly of Epstein’s legacy, “he was the rare person who understood the whole world of housing, and someone who often carried nonprofits over the finish line to get the deals done.”

Jessica Katz of HPD added: “There’s not a day or a deal that goes by that I don’t think of Alan and everything he gave to the supportive housing community. That this type of integrated housing is now routine is due to Alan’s work. “

Paula Roy-Cruthers of HDC added “Alan brought the creativity that allowed us new ways to imagine deals.”

Oliver Chase, partner at Hirschen Singer & Epstein spoke last: “Five years ago this land was a whole lot of nothing. Now it’s a vibrant community of affordable and supportive housing. In addition to being a leader in the field, Alan was never too busy to mentor anyone. I am honored to carry his legacy forward.”

A number of Alan’s family were in attendance including his widow, Rachel Miller, as well as his brother and sister, and his in-laws.

Of particular note: the Alan Epstein Apartment complex has the largest solar energy system in New York State and has extensive solar paneling on the buildings’ rooftops.

Services for the thirty supportive housing tenants will be funded by the State Office of Mental Health and will be provided by Services for the Underserved.

The building is a joint venture with the Hudson Companies, Related Retail LP, and CAMBA. Funders include the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the NYC Housing Development Corporation, NYS Homes and Community Renewal, Wells Fargo Bank, the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, former City Council Member Charles Barron and NYSERDA. The project’s architect was MHG Architects.  The syndicator was Richman Housing Resources. The contractor was CH Builders LLC/ Cheever Development Corporation.

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Lynn’s Place Breaks Ground

12.14.2015


Lynn's Place breaks ground.

On December 1, Unique People Services broke ground in the Bronx for a new affordable and supportive housing project, Lynn’s Place, which will provide homes for a mix of formerly homeless individuals and low income families. Already five years in the making, the project is scheduled to open in the winter of 2017. The building will feature 69 units of housing, with 42 units of supportive housing for individuals with a mental illness and 27 units of affordable housing for individuals and families making less than 60% AMI. The development will also include community space on the ground floor, a sunken courtyard, a landscaped back yard and a green roof on the seventh floor.

New York City’s First Lady, Chirlane McCray, said, “Lynn’s Place will be much more than a home, it will be a lifeline. The Mayor’s commitment of 15,000 new units of supportive housing means 15,000 launch pads for people to thrive.”

“We are proud to have given $1.8 million dollars to Lynn’s Place, named after the founder of Unique people Services Lynn Wonsang. I want to thank the First Lady for her leadership on destigmatizing mental illness and allowing projects like these to flourish,” said City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

“We are grateful for Lynn’s Place for helping people in need. We are the capital of all cities and we still have people lost. The State needs to come forward with their share of new units to help address the crisis”, said Deputy Bronx Borough President Aurelia Green.

Rafa Salamanca, Jr., District Manager for Community Board 2 said “This lot was full of broken cars and rats, and now it will be turned into beautiful housing. Yvette B. Andre, Executive Director at UPS, made a commitment that all contractors and sub-contractors would be hired from the Hunts Point neighborhood. She said, “27 of these units are going to my community members and we will start working with them now to get their applications ready.”

Also in attendance were Eric Enderlin of  the NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development, Caren Abate from the NYS Office of Mental Health, Kristin Miller of the Corporation for Supportive Housing, and Richard Conley of the Community Preservation Corporation.

Permanent financing, including grants, loans and tax credits, came from NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, NYC Resolution A funds, Capital One Bank, CSH, and the Community Preservation Corporation. Hudson Housing Capital is the syndicator for the tax credits.

Services are provided through a NY/NY III contract from the NYS Office of Mental Health.

The architect is Tony Shitemi with Urban Architectural Initiatives and the contractor is Procida. Robert Sanborn of Robert Sanborn Development is the housing consultant.

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Win’s The Glenmore Breaks Ground

11.04.2015


Dignitaries at Win's The Glenmore groundbreaking.

On October 19th, after 12 years in the making, Win broke ground in Brooklyn for a new affordable and supportive housing project, The Glenmore, which will provide homes for homeless individuals and families. The project is scheduled to open in the fall of 2017. The six-story building will feature 161 units of housing, with 96 units of supportive housing for families with disabilities and 65 units of affordable housing for individuals and families. The development will also include retail and community space on the ground floor as well as provide parking. Located a few blocks from the Broadway Junction station, The Glenmore will provide tenants with a mix of energy-efficient affordable and supportive housing and help anchor this part of Brownsville.

“We are overcome with the generosity of all of our funding partners, both public and private, that helped to make The Glenmore a reality,” said Bonnie Stone, President CEO of Win. 

”NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development and NYC Housing Development Corporation spent the last year developing programs like the one that financed Win Glenmore that will increase production of housing for the most vulnerable New Yorkers, and reach deeper levels of affordability,” said HPD Commissioner Vicki Been. “In partnering with Win, with its long history of serving homeless women and children, and our many government and private partners we will soon see 161 new affordable homes in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn.”

Gary Rodney, President of HDC, said, “HDC is proud to partner with Win to create 161 quality, affordable homes accompanied by the supportive services that will offer families the tools they need to get back and remain on their feet.”

Other dignitaries at the ceremony included David Galdun of NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Diana Reyna, the Deputy Brooklyn Borough president, Jennifer Trepinski of the Corporation for Supportive Housing, and Maurice Coleman of the Bank of America, Merrill Lynch.

Development financing came from NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program, NYC Housing Development Corporation, NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Homeless Housing Assistance Program, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, CSH, and the Brooklyn Borough President. The Richman Group is the syndicator for the tax credits.

Services are provided through a NY/NY III contract from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Win also received 96 Project Based Section 8 vouchers from HPD, which ensures residents will pay only 30% of their income towards rent.

The architect is Tony Shitemi with Urban Architectural Initiatives and the contractor is Cheever Development Corporation. Amy Larovere of A. Larovere Consulting is the housing consultant.

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Walton Avenue Residence Groundbreaking

08.13.2015


Breaking the ground for Jericho Project's Walton Avenue residence.

On July 7th, Jericho Project broke ground in the Bronx for a new affordable and supportive housing project, Walton Avenue Residence, which will provide homes for homeless veterans and young adults. The project is scheduled to open in the spring of 2017. The planned complex will feature 89 units of housing, with 56 units set aside for veterans, and 33 units for young adults. Located a few blocks from the Trenton Avenue station, Walton Avenue will provide tenants with a mix of energy-efficient affordable and supportive housing, with easy access to Manhattan.

“This is a landmark moment for Jericho Project as we deepen our commitment to veterans and extend our services to young adults who are in dire need of housing and support,” said Jericho Project Executive Director Tori Lyon

“The women and men who serve in our nation’s military sacrifice willingly and put the needs of our country before their own,” said HPD Commissioner Vicki Been. “For many of our veterans the process of transitioning from military to civilian life can sometimes be difficult, but that doesn’t mean they have to go it alone. A safe, stable, affordable home coupled with specialized services and an environment that recognizes their unique needs and honors their service can be the hand up that our veterans need to achieve their best.”

“Today’s groundbreaking ceremony provides tangible evidence of how New Yorkers are heeding Mayor de Blasio’s call to action and committing themselves to ending veteran homelessness,” said Loree Sutton, MD, Brigadier General (retired), Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs (MOVA).

Veteran Lisa Spencer, of the U.S. Navy, and current Jericho Project tenant, shared her story of being “young, scared, alone, homeless, and a survivor of military sexual trauma,” and spoke of how transformative moving into permanent housing has been for her.  She ended with a plea to others in need, “don’t beat yourself down, there is help at Jericho, you just have to reach out and get it.”

Other dignitaries at the ceremony included Benjamin Charvat, of the NYC Department of Homeless Services, Dr. Bola Omotosho, Chair of Community Board No. 5, Eugene Barlow of Home Depot, Jennifer Trepinski of the Corporation for Supportive Housing, and Maurice Coleman of the Bank of America, Merrill Lynch.

Development financing came from NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program, NYS Homeless Housing Assistance Program, NYC Housing Authority, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Corporation for Supportive Housing, the Home Depot Foundation, and Citi.

Veterans’ services will be provided thru VASH and Jericho plans to have an additional coordinator and mentor on site for social and recreational activities and supplemental services.  Services for the young adults – including case management and career counseling -- will be funded through the building’s income.

The architect is MHG Architects PC and the contractor is GKC Industries.

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Livonia Commons Breaks Ground

04.21.2014

New York City broke ground earlier this month on Livonia Commons, a 278-unit project devoted to affordable and supportive housing in the Brooklyn neighborhood of East New York.

This $90 million development will consist of four individual buildings on a formerly vacant lot. Fifty-one of the units offered will be set aside for supportive housing. Of those, 43 of the units will house individuals with mental illness through the NY/NY III Supportive Housing Agreement and eight will house individuals with developmental disabilities through the NYS Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

Network member Dunn Development Corp. is developing the project. The formerly homeless tenants will receive on-site support services from CAMBA, another Network member.

“Livonia Commons will help revitalize the Livonia Avenue corridor with a dynamic mix of new affordable housing, retail stores and community spaces,” said Martin Dunn, Dunn Development Corp. President and a member of the Network’s Board of Directors. “Working with our community partners, we'll build the kind of innovative and holistic development that the East New York community deserves.”

“CAMBA is proud to be part of Livonia Gardens, where our staff will provide comprehensive on-site case management services to residents who are formerly homeless or have disabilities,” said Joanne M. Oplustil, CAMBA’s President and CEO. “Our clients know they always have someone nearby to help them if a crisis arises. And over many years of experience, we’ve proven that supportive housing is a cost-effective and successful approach to ending homelessness and helping tenants flourish.”

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Ground Broken on Second MRT Supportive Housing Project

10.10.2013

Common Ground held a ground-breaking ceremony yesterday for the second NYC supportive housing residence to begin construction using NYS Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) capital funding.

The project, Boston Road, will bring 154 units of supportive housing to the Bronx. The residence will provide housing and services to a mix of low-income and formerly homeless individuals and seniors.

Dozens of friends and partners gathered on Wednesday to celebrate the start of construction. The event included a number of illustrious guest speakers, including NYS Homes & Community Renewal (HCR) Commissioner Darryl Towns, former NYC Council Member Helen Foster and NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Deputy Commissioner Eric Enderlin. Common Ground Executive Director Brenda Rosen served as the master of ceremonies for the late-morning event. 

“This is a creative approach to dealing with an epidemic [of homelessness],” Ms. Foster said.  “Let this be an example of what we do going forth in the city.” 

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